‘Tis the season for all things pumpkin. Below I’m sharing my favorite pumpkin recipes for cookies, cocktails, cakes, donuts, pies, and more. There is something for everyone!
It’s no secret that I love my pumpkin treats. Over the past 10 years here on Inspired by Charm, I’ve posted dozens of delicious pumpkin recipes. It’s impossible to choose an absolute favorite, so that’s why I’ve pulled together this collection of pumpkin recipes.
What Makes a Delicious Pumpkin Recipe?
Have you ever tried plain pumpkin puree? Whether it’s homemade or out of a can, it’s not especially tasty. To me, what makes pumpkin recipes so wonderful is what you add to the pumpkin. Most notably, the spices.
My typical spices for any pumpkin recipe are cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger. There are others, such as cardamom, allspice, and peppercorn, but those first four are non-negotiable.
While most of the recipes in this collection are sweet, pumpkin is also a great addition to savory items. Pumpkin with sage, for example, is a wonderful combination. There’s a restaurant in my area that makes a pumpkin ravioli with a sage butter sauce that is pure heaven.
Since it’s the spices that give pumpkin recipes the classic seasonal fall flavor we’ve all come to know and love, you can take many of your favorite recipes and give them a pumpkin upgrade. Here are some that have appeared on IBC:
Traditional Recipes Updated with Pumpkin:
Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cookies
Speaking of cinnamon rolls, these Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cookies are another popular treat around here! I took inspiration from a cinnamon roll cookie recipe and added pumpkin and spices for spectacular fall flavor. It’s impossible to eat just one.
Pumpkin Old Fashioned
You can add pumpkin puree to cocktails, too. Here I shook up a classic old fashioned with pumpkin puree, maple syrup, and a few other goodies. It’s a libation befitting the season.
Pumpkin French Toast Casserole
Another classic I given a pumpkin makeover is French toast. I prepare this recipe for Pumpkin French Toast Casserole the night before, so there’s hardly any work in the morning!
Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate. Made with real pumpkin, white chocolate, milk, and all your favorite fall spices, this pumpkin-inspired hot chocolate is a hands-down winner!
Classic Pumpkin Recipes:
We’ve covered pumpkin-inspired variations of standard recipes. Now, let’s talk about classic pumpkin recipes. Most of these have long been go-to’s for me. If you also like the classics, these pumpkin recipes are for you, too.
Soft Pumpkin Cookies (Pumpkin Spice Latte Cookies)
These Soft Pumpkin Cookies are hands down my favorite pumpkin cookie. They are a soft cookie covered with fluffy cream cheese frosting. S-o-o-o good! I love them so much that I even created a Pumpkin Spice Latte version!
Pumpkin Cake with Crumb Topping
This Pumpkin Cake with Crumb Topping is a newer recipe here on Inspired by Charm. It’s a deliciously moist cake with a crunchy topping. It’s great for breakfast or a late afternoon treat.
Pumpkin Muffins with Maple Glaze
There are lots of pumpkin muffin recipes out there. But what I especially like about this one is that it’s simple. For your efforts, you get a delectable pumpkin cake covered in a sweet maple glaze.
Baked Pumpkin Donuts
Any respectable list of pumpkin recipes needs to include a pumpkin donut, right? These Pumpkin Donuts are baked because why mess with frying when it’s not necessary for out-of-this-world flavor.
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Salted Caramel Frosting
In my opinion, whoopie pies are highly underrated. They remind me of cupcakes except they have a better distribution of frosting. Who doesn’t want frosting in every bite?!
Unique Pumpkin Recipes:
Now that we’ve covered classic pumpkin recipes plus how to turn your favorite recipes into pumpkin recipes, it’s time to get creative with our pumpkin endeavors. These are a few of my favorite unique pumpkin recipes.
Pumpkin Pull-Apart Bread
Let’s start this section off with a bang. This Pull-Apart Pumpkin Bread is layers of freshly made pumpkin bread separated by brown sugar, pumpkin, and cinnamon. You cannot go wrong!
Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal
I’m not sure if this pumpkin recipe is unique, but it certainly is delicious. Because it’s so easy to make, Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal has become a fall staple at Bayberry House, especially when I have overnight guests.
Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream
This Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream was developed for those days in the fall when it feels like summer outside. In addition to its rich pumpkin flavor, this ice cream has pie crust flakes mixed into it. Love that crunch!
Frozen Pumpkin Pie Martini
I need to include another cocktail recipe in this collection. For fall, I ‘m saying go big or go home with this Frozen Pumpkin Pie Martini. It tastes like dessert in a drink.
Glazed Pumpkin Donut Muffins
I realize we’ve covered donuts and muffins already, but this is what you get when you marry the two. When you can’t decide whether you want a donut or a muffin, these Glazed Pumpkin Donuts Muffins are the answer.
Savory Pumpkin Recipes:
The final pumpkin recipes in this collection are savory ones. Unfortunately, I don’t have the recipe for the Pumpkin Ravioli with Sage Butter Sauce mentioned above, but I do have two savory pumpkin recipes I think you’ll enjoy.
I hope you love all of these recipes as much as I do. As you can see, I wasn’t kidding when I said there’s a pumpkin recipe for everyone.
What’s your favorite pumpkin-inspired recipe? Is there something I need to taste-test or make?
Have you tried any of my pumpkin recipes? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
Enjoy cooking and baking with pumpkin!